Here's a link to the another tech site article with lots of freaky stuff related to this. Quite scary, actually:
http://www.dailytech.com/Report+NSA+is+Reading+Your+Email+Chats+without+Warrant/article33085.htmXKeyscore : Presentations on the tool describe a "Digital Network Intelligence (DNI)" which scrapes countless bytes of data from ISPs, telecommunications backbones, and more under the PATRIOT Act. One slide brags, "nearly everything a typical user does on the internet [is captured]."
Think about that for a second. A typical user
. That means you and me.
Presumably most people here are being spied on every day. We're being scanned. Our emails contain our private thoughts. Our posts contain our political persuations, our every move, our travel plans, our purchases.
Every word in every email, text message, tweet, facebook post, is recorded and analysed, and possibly stored indefinitely.
Regarding not posting political issues on this site: not allowing us to discuss it is inherently taking a side, IMO. (to clarify : it supports apathy and the status quo of maintaining the inexorable growth of the NSA security apparatus, an unmistakable monstrosity).
Anyway, the cat is out of the bag, and pretty much most reasonable people will oppose this, so even though the original point of this thread has obviously been discussed to death already, it's still worth noting that despite the Xb1/ Kinect2 being merely a tool, there are plenty of valid uses of Kinect 2 tech that should not be ruined by this illegal and/or immoral spying programme.
The main takeaway for me is : we should all be aware that our data could probably be (ab)used against us all unless we collectively put a stop to it by forcing our representatives to act in our interests, or electing others who will. Or even merely obey the law to begin with, since there are probably plenty of laws being broken here, no reason to give the NSA any credibility on that point. My own government here in Canada has been known to ignore the border and the NSA leaks even shows a map up today showing that it implicitly considers Canada to be a part of the US
, indistinguishable in fact as we as in principle or in theory. That's quite astonishing in its temerity, if you think about it. Our sovereignty is effectively surrendered and moot. As much as I adore the founding principles of the US, it's too dysfunctional to even consider the notion of being annexed by it or subject to its ever-expanding draconian police state. In only practical terms, those are still very real threats to our personal liberties, even affecting my willingness to post online at all, considering this scandal. That has a real stifling effect on the human spirit, and is worth fighting against. I'd prefer the NSA to consider Canadian citizens private emails and phone calls and web traffic history as a "no fly zone" over which it has no jurisdiction unless a warrant is involved on the basis of probable cause in a specific criminal investigation, not some massive dragnet of innocent citizens' lives. We are no threat to the US and are in fact allies, I don't think we appreciate being treated as enemies of the US state, even less so than US citizens should, although effectively that's what these revelations entail : the government considers you its #1 enemy. Why else spend so much time, money, and effort spying on you, every day? Binning your data into "interesting" bins. That's not made up. That's what they're doing right now. A month ago I'd even have thought it was paranoid to think they cared about random joe blow on the internet's opinions. They very much do care, especially if you're political. Doesn't matter what persuasion, as long as you have solid beliefs, or perhaps even mention this or another issue in passing. Or not even that. They just collect all the data on everyone indiscriminately, and hold it indefinitely. To be used...maybe? Probably. Who knows.
Too much scary stuff to consider in one sitting. This is not mere dismissable paranoia, sadly, it's verifiable fact. Every single word you write in private or public, whether it's encrypted via SSL or not, that travels over HTTP, is being actively monitored and stored indefinitely and analyzed for patterns. Your online presence is a clear smoking gun of your actual thoughts, probably more so than most people's casual conversations even with their own loved ones in many cases. People's true thoughts and natures are more often laid bare in online forums (people often have no filters while "anonymous", which they actually aren't). At all. Must go digest what this all means. Science fiction has like 1984 has already been proven to be both more prophetic than probably all the holy texts combined, while simultaneously massively understating the size of the vice grips we are building to encapsulate the human mind. Bars are being built for all our minds. And they reside somewhere in a datacenter in Utah, beginning by collecting our collective thoughts, then by analyzing our every word for patterns, then ...who knows? Does anyone actually believe the NSA databases will be used only for the good of mankind? That would be a nice thought to have before bed, wouldn't it. Sadly, I don't believe in fairy tale endings to nightmarish realities.